South African hope Wassim Chellan
added another title to his resume
when he beat Malawian Denis Mwale to
lift the vacant World Boxing
Federation (WBF) International
Welterweight title on Friday night,
October 13, at Goodwood Correctional
Centre in Cape Town.
Entering the fight as the WBF All
Africa titlist, only Chellan could
win the International title as Mwale
had missed weight after two
attempts, so the local man was in
with a heavier opponent, and one
with plenty of experience.
It was a barn-burner from the start,
and Chellan was on the floor in the
first round from a slip which was
ruled a knock-down by referee Elroy
Marshal. Both men refused to take a
backwards step, and it was all
action with the crowd on its feet
from start to finish.
After the ten toughest rounds of
Chellan´s career, he was declared
the winner by split decision as
judges Clifford Mbelu and Sipho
Ndongeni scored it 96-93 and 97-92
for Chellan, while judge Rachel
Kamko had it 96-93 for Mwale.
A pro since 2020, 27-year-old
Chellan is now 8-0 (3). Mwale (33),
who entered the paid ranks in 2017,
drops to 9-6 (4).
Promoter of the event was Jackie
Brice Boxing Promotions.